Simon Fraser University

Free webinar: Free Roaming and Walkability — Enhancing urban design, cities and spaces for wellness and well being
October 23, 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
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SFU Next-Generation Transportation WebinarOctober 23,  10 am PDT Dr. William Bird is a renown medical physician and urbanist that believes prevention and wellness should be practiced at a city scale. William has always been fascinated with the connection between the health of humans and their environment. As a pioneer in leading innovative programs and practices, Dr. Bird’s work has transformed millions of people’s lives around the globe. William has been named as in the top 100 for making Great Britain a happier place and is an MBE- Member of the British Empire awarded from the Queen for his work connecting health and physical activity. William has been exploring the disconnect between physical activity and urban design and is addressing the alarming increase of sedentary children and adults who no longer “roam” nature and their neighbourhoods as their parents did. This disconnect has produced significant impacts on the mental and physical health of children and adults, and William has been championing the importance of supportive urban design to reclaim health, well being, and social cohesion through enhanced walkability. In this webinar William will outline what cities and spaces need to do heal urban design and ourselves, and outline his innovative intervention that has engaged nearly 40 per cent of city populations to sustain walking as a way to be active and sociable, contributing to happier, healthier lives, cities, and spaces.Speaker: Dr. William BirdModerated by: Sandy A. James, MCIP RPP LEED APCity Planner and Walkability Planner.